Turkish President Erdogan visits Ankara bombing scene

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Ankara bombing scene with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish President Erdogan laid carnations on Wednesday in memory of victims who were killed by bomb attacks in Ankara.

Turkish President Erdogan visited the site of deadly terror attack in Ankara with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto on Wednesday.

Turkish president laid carnations in memory of the victims who were killed in the attack.

Saturday’s deadly bombing killed at least 97 people and injured over 500 in Turkish capital Ankara when thousands of people gathered in front of the city’s main train station where a “peace march” was set to begin on Oct. 10

The two leaders Erdogan and Niinisto, along with their wives, also stood in silent homage for the victims.

Erdogan and Niinisto visited the bombing scene in Ankara with their wives.

Erdogan said on Tuesday that the government continues to investigate the perpetrators behind country’s deadliest terror attack, and added that the State Inspection Board (DDK) is assigned by the presidency to tackle the case comprehensively with a different approach.

Speaking at the press conference with Niinisto late on Tuesday Erdogan said, “This painful incident which took place as our NGO’s gathered to use their democratic rights have deeply saddened us."

Erdogan said those claiming a deep state role in the bombing, in fact, are “concealing themselves” and underlined that “the era of unidentified murders have ended in Turkey,” adding the attack is being investigated meticulously and the attackers are going to be brought to justice.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that ISIS is the prime suspect of country’s most deadly bombing and said officials are close to identifying one of the suspects’ name.

Erdogan said that “once again, I strongly condemn this terror attack directed at Turkey’s unity, peace, stability and its targets."

“I want this to be known by the entire world and all of our citizens. This attack is against Turkey and it targeted the entire nation along with the citizens there.” he added.

Reminding that the terror attack is also a test faced by the nation, Erdogan expressed his belief that the “test” would be overcome with the work of security forces and the wisdom of the nation.

The president criticised some politicians, without naming them, pointing to election day even after such a painful event and abusing the attack for political gains.

“We witnessed the two-facedness of those who called for protests and to stop life in Turkey, not even waiting for funerals of those killed in the attack to be completed. We will not forget those who did not hold the hands extended for unity and brotherhood. They must know their actions only serve terror and terrorist organizations,” Erdogan stated, noting that peaceful approaches resolve issues through dialogue and is as crucial as security and peace which are proven to be fragile in the neighbouring region.

Underlining Turkey does not classify the terrorist organizations depending on how they describe themselves, what their names are, discourse adopted or the methods used, he noted that those who fail to approach the issue as Turkey and use double standards for terrorist organisations, would be “supporting terrorism.”

“As we do not discriminate between the deaths, we also do not discriminate between the killers and terrorist organisations. Terrorist organisations possess the same level of feloniously, immorality and misdeed on our eyes,” he said, similar to comments he made in Brussels, calling on world leaders to unite against all forms of terrorism.

TRTWorld and agencies